Tuesday, December 3, 2013

"Inside Llewyn Davis" Wins "Best Picture" at 2013 Gotham Awards

by Amos Semien

Inside Llewyn Davis, the newest film from the brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, won the "Best Feature" Award at the 2013 Gotham Awards last night.  Alleged Oscar favorite, 12 Years a Slave, was shut out of the winners' circle.  [This is just the first step in proving what I've said before - 12 Years a Slave - is not destined for Oscar glory.  I wish that it were, but reality bites.]  The only film to win more than one award last night was "Fruitvale Station," winning two: "Breakthrough Director" for Ryan Coogler and "Breakthrough Actor" for Michael B. Jordan."

The Gotham Awards is an annual film awards ceremony that honors independent films.  The Gotham Awards are part of The Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP), the nation’s oldest and largest organization of independent filmmakers.  The Gotham Awards also signal the kick-off to the film awards season.

Nominees are selected by groups of distinguished film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators. Separate juries of writers, directors, actors, producers, editors and others directly involved in making films determine the final Gotham Award recipients.

The 2013 Gotham Awards were announced Monday, December 2, 2013 at the 2013 Gotham Independent Film Awards™.

23rd Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards winners:

Best Feature:
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, directors; Scott Rudin, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, producers (CBS Films)

Best Documentary:
The Act of Killing
Joshua Oppenheimer, director; Signe Byrge, Joshua Oppenheimer, producers (Drafthouse Films)

Best Actor:
Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features)

Best Actress:
Brie Larson in Short Term 12 (Cinedigm)

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director:
Ryan Coogler for Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)

Breakthrough Actor:
Michael B. Jordan in Fruitvale Station (The Weinstein Company)

euphoria CK Spotlight on Women Filmmakers ‘Live the Dream’ grant:
Gita Pullapilly, director, Beneath the Harvest Sky

Audience Award powered by Festival Genius
Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings - Tadashi Nakamura


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